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Cok, n.1 Also: kok, cock, coik, coke. [ME. cocke, cokke, cok, OE. coc (kok); also F. coq.]

1. A cock (the domestic fowl). a1400 Leg. S. i. 58.
Ilkane nycht as day cane daw, As he mycht heyre the cok craw
c1450-2 Howlat 202.
The cok in his cleir cape, that crawis and cryis, Was chosyn chauntour
1470 Prestwick B. Rec. 15.
That novdir ane no other man no weman, … hald cokkis na capounis at mvltitud
1473 Reg. Cupar A. I. 176.
Payand tharof ȝerly … iiijxii and viij kok or hen
a1500 Henr. Fab. 64.
Ane cok … with feddrame fresche and gay
Ib. 459.
With that the cok, vpon his tais hie, Kest vp his beik
c1500 Fyve Bestes 159.
This bird wox a cok, … The cruellest of all the cokis of Kent
a1500 Seven S. 1009.
Nichtly befor the cokis can crawe
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 326.
I crew abone that craudone, as cok that wer wictour
1506 Treas. Acc. III. 202.
For ane quhit hen and ane cok to the Kingis schip
1535 Stewart 36542.
It hes bene said, … The ȝoung cok leiris as the ald cok craw
1549 Compl. 39/8.
The suyne began to quhryne … quhilk gart the hennis kekkyl quhen the cokis creu
1547 Reg. Cupar A. II. 60.
Thay paying … ane dusane of kok and hen sufficient for thair pultre
a1500 Henr. Fab. 2320 (Ch).
I compt not all the laif, leif me the coik
a1570-86 Maitl. F. xcv. 39.
Baythe hen and cok … The lairdis Jok all with him takis
1596 Dalr. I. 39/18.
Is lykwyse in thir cuntreyes anothir foul, … men cal her ‘the cok that bigis in places hard and difficle to cum vpe to’ [L. gallum tesquorum]
attrib. Ib. II. 125/30.
Sum cok and capoune fethiris

2. Cock-crow. c1500 Fyve Bestes 207.
At the first cok walkinnit sall ye be
1560 Rolland Seven S. 243/9.
Than come he on as had bene the first cok

3. A weather-cock. 1565–6 Edinb. Old Acc. II. 237.
For doun taking of the auld cok
Ib. 239.
The expenses maid upoun the cok of the stepill
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 122.
Whare was slane ane captane … called Kirkcaldie, wha befoir had danced vp at the cocke of the stiple
1594 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 529.
For ane sklaitter seruand that past to the cok on the hicht of the stepill and oild the samin to mak it glaid
1604 Ib. 798.
For mending the coik and globe of the stepell
1627 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 361.
For bras and copper to be the kok and thanes to the Tolbuithe
Ib. 362.
For gilting the cok and thanes
1665 Ib. III. 63.
For the new cock put upon the heigh steiple

4. A tap or spigot. 1575 Edinb. Test. III. 384.
Sex gros of cokkis of barrellis
1576 Ib. IV. 154 b.
Certane trene cokis
Ib. 155.
Tua dosane hingand cokis
1586 Ib. XV. 65 b.
Ane greit buist with cokis of barrellis and elsing heftis
1597 Bk. Rates 3 b.
Cokis for barrellis the gros
1650 Aberd. Univ. Rec. 592.
5 cokes to barrels

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